Giorgio Chiellini bids farewell to Juventus supporters as Lazio visit the Allianz Stadium for the Bianconeri’s final home game of the 2021/22 Serie A season on Monday night.
The stalwart defender announced after the Coppa Italia final that he’ll be leaving Juve at the end of the season following 17 years of service.
Alas, it’s set to be an emotional night in Turin for what’s an otherwise inconsequential fixture for the Old Lady. Juve are set to finish fourth in Serie A after they fell to defeat at Genoa last Friday which allowed Napoli to extend their lead in third to four points.
Their season essentially drew to a close on Wednesday night as they fell to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Inter in the Coppa Italia final. Ivan Perisic’s extra-time heroics mean that Juve will endure their first trophyless season since 2010/11.
On the contrary, Lazio are still fighting to secure a berth in next season’s Europa League. The Biancocolesti have won back-to-back games to leave them on 62 points with a pair of games remaining. They currently have a three-point advantage over eternal rivals AS Roma and Fiorentina.
Maurizio Sarri, meanwhile, will return to the Allianz for the first time since he left Juventus as manager in 2020.
Juventus vs Lazio Serie A preview
Here’s our preview of Monday night’s Serie A clash between Juventus and Lazio.
How to Watch Juventus vs Lazio
When is kick-off? Monday 16 May
What time is kick-off? 19:45 (BST)
Where is it played? Allianz Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport 1 (UK), Paramount+ (US)
Referee? Giovanni Ayroldi
Juventus Team News
Manuel Locatelli returned off the bench in Wednesday’s final and is in contention for a start in this one. Fabio Miretti could also return to the starting XI.
Luca Pellegrini should also make his full comeback on Monday night.
Federico Chiesa, Weston McKennie and Kaio Jorge remain out for Juve.
Lazio Team News
Maurizio Sarri doesn’t have too much to worry about on the injury front. Capocannoniere leader Ciro Immobile should be fine to start despite carrying a knock to the ankle, while Pedro is a doubt due to a calf injury.
Bianconeri supporters will also be able to catch another glimpse of transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in this one. The Serbian midfielder has scored just once in 17 appearances against the Bianconeri.
Juventus vs Lazio Team News
Juventus: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Pellegrini; Arthur, Locatelli; Bernardeschi, Dybala, Morata; Vlahovic.
Lazio: Strakosha; Lazzari, Patric, Acerbi, Marusic; Milinkovic-Savic, Cataldi, Alberto; Anderson, Immobile, Zaccagni.
Juventus’ Recent Form
Juventus 2-4 (AET) Inter Milan (11/05) – Coppa Italia
Genoa 2-1 Juventus (06/05) – Serie A
Juventus 2-1 Venezia (01/05) – Serie A
Sassuolo 1-2 Juventus (25/04) – Serie A
Juventus 2-0 Fiorentina (20/04) – Coppa Italia
Lazio’s Recent Form
Lazio 2-0 Sampdoria (07/05) – Serie A
Spezia 3-4 Lazio (30/04) – Serie A
Lazio 1-2 AC Milan (24/04) – Serie A
Lazio 1-1 Torino (16/04) – Serie A
Genoa 1-4 Lazio (10/04) – Serie A
Chiellini deserves to go out on a high, but there are no guarantees that this Juventus side will do the Italian stalwart justice on Monday night.
Max Allegri will be desperate for a reaction following Wednesday’s defeat in the final, but Lazio, who are still playing for plenty, represent tricky opposition. I’m sure the visitors will attempt to control the contest as much as they can with the feared triumvirate Immobile, Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto providing a threat in the final third.
However, I do like how Juve matches up against Sarri’s side. Lazio struggle to defend transitions and they’re one of the least proficient pressing sides in Serie A. This will allow the Bianconeri to get a foothold in proceedings, and the return of Locatelli will aid their ability to retain and progress possession.
While it’d be fitting for Juve, who have lost four league games at home this season, to taste defeat on Monday, I think they’ll have enough to get the job done.
Predicition: Juve 2-1 Lazio